Saturday, February 10, 2024

*Singing* So Happy Together....

Good Morning and Happy Weekend from the February Quiltvillians retreating in our first retreat of 2024!

Could it be that they are really this happy to be together, or is it the floor fumes? LOL!!

No seriously - there is a houseful of fun happening - and my heart is full up.

That doesn't mean there hasn't been some hiccups - I mean, what do you do when the gas oven won't ignite to make breakfast?

I got a text from Tonni around 7am staying "The oven won't light!"

So much for Hubster Dave being on the retired train. LOL!!

We hadn't used the oven in 2 months, but who would have thought that it could be anything other than the pilot light being out?

Turns out this commercial range doesn't have a pilot light.  It has an igniter.  Which was a non-ignighter.

Luckily we were able to get a part overnighted and he was able to install it yesterday afternoon and we were back to "cookin' with gas!"

What did they do in the mean time?  I have an Oster Roaster oven that we use a lot for baking big batches of baked potatoes and other things, and it worked perfect for yesterday morning's breakfast casserole.  It works just like regular oven.

And there are crock pots, instant pots, and the stove top still worked.  We were golden!

Getting ready for mid-afternoon snackies!

Gail makes the most beautiful veggie/meat/cheese trays - and yes, that drill is there waiting for Dave to finish fixing the oven. At this point the oven door was still off, and we were waiting on FedEx to deliver the part.

Meanwhile in the Quilting Quarters:

A small version of Silk Path is trimmed and looking pretty!

Another Silk Path is under construction

I spy a Chilhowie in gorgeous pink and brown under way!

And the sweet 301 matches wonderfully!

Twin sized Chilhowie top finish!

Gail finished her Indigo Way!

I can't wait to see this over the porch rail later during their stay.

We've got such a little sweat shop going!

This was before the design walls were covered -

Betty is working on her Lisa Bonjean Christmas Trees!

So super cute!

Gail and the Giant Punpkin!

(It's never too early to sew Halloween!)

And it was Gail's lucky night - she won big-time at Left, Right, Center - look at those beautiful neutrals! We ALWAYS need more neutrals!

Thursday afternoon we had a short window of sunshine and I had HAD IT with the whole Etsy debacle thing so Barb and I headed out for our first 2024 walk up Round House Road.

It was a bit windy, but we soon worked up a warm glow.

This photo - with all the cows watching us. So funny.  If they had thought bubbles over their heads, what would they be saying?

One mile in, one mile out -

Get back to sewing!

Almost ready to set!

All through the summer, fall, and mystery season my stacks of Oopsie Daisie blocks were growing.

Blocks are pinned in groups of 10 so I can keep count easily.

I only need 16 more block quarters to call this quilt ready to be a top!

So today I'm going to break all of my rules, and use pieces as Leaders & Enders for each other and get those last units made so I can lay this out.

It feels good to be sewing again.

These two half pineapples happened last night.

These are slower going and take more time, but they have been my "sewing at home" project.  I only need 8 more half pineapple blocks and I'll be ready to set this one together too.

As for that Etsy Shop mess - There is no way to close my shop - I went through all of the steps - one tells you to "Contact Customer Support" only there is never an email address or chat thing to actually contact customer support.  It's a dead end. So my Etsy shop remains on House Arrest.

I went in and marked all of my items to "Manually Renew" instead of "Auto Renew" so they won't automatically charge me, and things will just sit there.

Once that was done, I deactivated everything.  

If you still have patterns in your Etsy account that you have not downloaded, do it now.  I'll give it a week or so, but then I'm going to delete everything from the store and if they won't let me completely close my Etsy shop, this notice will just stay there as a redirect to the Quiltville Store.

Less is more, right?

The Winter Cardinal PDF pattern release including Star of Hope is going great guns - no Etsy needed!

If you missed it, click over to Yesterday's Post to read all about it and add yourself to the Gift-Away.

Indigo Way is also now available as a PDF pattern booklet!

Both Indigo Way and Winter Cardinal are currently 25% off in the Quiltville Store ONLY. No coupon needed. Sale price good through 2/23/24.  Price reverts back to full on 2/24/24.

And I think that's all the news I have for now.

Please, no more stoves going out or internet woes through the weekend.

I need to sew!

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

That thing called gut instinct? Listen to it!
Don't let other people's opinions make your decisions for you.
(This one really hit home for me!)⁣
Welcome to the weekend!



  1. Anonymous10:03 AM EST

    Love your blog! Etsy can be a pain, but there is way to have them call you back. I just can't recall how I did it. Good luck!

  2. smiling, thinking of what i would put in the thought bubbles over those cows... hahahaha AND thnking the stars were aligned just perfectly for you and Dave to "collide" ... what a lovely team!!! Cats in Carlsbad CA

  3. It's a Super Sew Weekend. The retreat ladies are ready! Loving your Leader/Ender project. Thinking it would be good for a challege Quilt I have. Using the Julip color of the year for the corners. I am grateful that you got a walk in with Barb. Handy that Dave knows how to help. My hubby knows how to call for help. We have an element out on our glass top stove. Now we wait. Happy Weekend to you! Enjoy your Super Sunday off!

  4. Anonymous10:37 AM EST

    Etsy went downhill when they went public. When they started charging selling fees on shipping costs (which were a wash), I closed my shop and never looked back. Good for you! Pam

  5. So sorry to hear about your Etsy woes, Bonnie. Other than that bit of news, I found this to be an absolutely deligihtful post. I have not sat still to read your posts in a couple of weeks, I'm sorry to say. So I devoured every word of this one and it was wonderful. The pix are all so good, the cows are hilarious, the retreaters projects are stunning, and the quote at the end is spot on. Got my day off to a great start. Have a quilty weekend, Bonnie!

  6. Pics show such fun and creativity happening, loved them! I have my Mom's 301 sewing machine. It had been stored in its case for years in my brother's enclosed storage building. Just a few weeks ago I started cleaning it up on the outside. I have oil and had to order lubricant, so now I can get to work getting it all cleaned inside. It was exciting to see a pic of another 301 from one of your retreaters.

  7. Oh, such a perfect post to start the weekend! It's been a craaazy week. So happy that this weekend is going to be all mine. I did my town run for the weekend, and scored my Brisket queso for the SuperBowl tomorrow!! (It's a Texas thing!) I am about 1/2 way through my pineapples, and I am hoping to get them done before the end of the weekend. I'm glad you got to get out and clear the noggin. I love seeing a whole herd of cows and the babies are coming out as well!! Have a wonderfully quilty weekend, everyone!!


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